A new 5-year conservation program is coming to the Maple River Watershed. The Maple River Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is bringing nearly $600,000 in conservation funding to farmers in the watershed to improve fish habitat and water quality.
Increasing water infiltration on agricultural lands reduces surface runoff of sediment and nutrients from fields and provides more stable temperatures for fish in rivers and streams. Cost-share funding supports agricultural practices that increase groundwater replenishment such as irrigation water management, drainage water management and water control structures, residue and tillage management practices, grassed waterways, and filter strips.
Conservation financial assistance for the project is provided through the USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Targeted funding is allocated for applicants in the Maple RCPP as opposed to competing with producers statewide. The first sign-up will be announced this spring. Contact our office to learn more or visit www.maplercpp.weebly.com. This program is administered by the Michigan State University Institute of Water Research and the Natural Resources Conservation Service in collaboration with 12 other conservation and agricultural partners.